Electronica/Ambient Improvisations

While on break from TV work, I’ve put together a few clips featuring my analog and digital instruments:

I’ve only had the Roland TR-8 drum machine for a few weeks, but it’s certain that I’ll be using it for many years to come! Here’s my exploration of the feedback possibilities with its built-in delay.

One of the newest analog synths is Waldorf’s Pulse 2. After spending months with it, I turn to it whenever I want to improvise a texture. The filters are excellent, and it can get green mean pretty easily.

Just a little fun with my friend Kevin’s wonderful synthesizer from 1973. The  EMS AKS Synthi - I love this beast of an instrument!

Ultimate Tutankhamun Decoded

*** July 2013 Update *****

The entire film is now available to watch online at PBS: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/episodes/ultimate-tut-watch-the-full-episode/1049/

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A terrific documentary that I scored last winter is airing in Canada and the U.S. next week: Secrets of the Dead: Ultimate Tut (U.S. title), also known as Tutankhamun Decoded (Canada). In composing the soundtrack, I enjoyed combining traditional Egyptian instruments, like Sonokinetic‘s Kemence, Sultan Strings and Desert Voice, with orchestral and electronic sounds, to underline the drama and the mystery of this story.

The documentary was produced by Handel Productions and Blink Films UK, and the host is Egyptologist Chris Naunton.

PBS: Secrets of the Dead: Ultimate Tut airs Wednesday, July 10 @ 8pm

History Channel Canada: Tutankhamun Decoded airs this Sunday, Jul 07 at 9pm, and Friday, Jul 12 @ 8pm

 
Chris Naunton

La Musique du Téléroman O’

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Cet hiver, j’ai composé la musique du merveilleux téléroman O’. Produit par Sovimage et réalisée par Éric Tessier, cette série nous fait découvrir la famille O’Hara, avec tous ses hauts et ses bas. C’est la première fois qu’on m’a confié une série dramatique et ce fût une joie totale! La qualité des textes, le jeu des comédiens, la direction photo, le montage, la direction des acteurs, etc – tout est de si grande qualité que je n’ai eu aucun problème à trouver ma muse, mon inspiration. La seule contrainte (si on peut appeller ça une contrainte) fût d’avoir une écriture très mélodique. Éric m’a donné beaucoup de liberté quand au choix des instruments, des couleurs et après seulement deux ou trois semaines, le monde musical de O’ a pris sa forme finale. J’ai surtout utilisé ces instruments : piano, guitare et basse électriques, violons, violoncelle, hang drum, dulcimer et de textures synthétisées (Omnisphere de Spectrasonics). Je suis très heureux de savoir que je fais partie de l’équipe pour la deuxième saison – j’ai déjà hâte!

Pour entendre des exemples de la musique, veuillez visiter ma page à Soundcloud.

© TVA, Serge Gauvin

This past winter, I composed the music for the wonderful Quebec television series O’ (TVA). Produced by Sovimage and directed by Eric Tessier, this series follows the highs and lows of the O’Hara family. This is the first time that I have had the opportunity to work on a dramatic series and it was a total joy! The quality of the writing, the acting, the photography, editing, directing of the actors, etc, was so great that I had little trouble finding my muse, my inspiration. The only restriction (if one can call it that) was that the music had to be very melodic. From the outset, Eric gave me much freedom in the choice of instruments, colour, and within 2 or 3 weeks the musical world of O’ had been defined. I mostly limited myself to the following instruments: piano, electric guitar and bass, strings, hang drum, and synthesizer textures (Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere ). I’m very happy to know that I will be back on the team for the second season – I can’t wait!

If you wish to hear some of the music of the series, please visit my Soundcloud page.

Curiosity – What Sank Titanic? My New Score

I’m excited to share my latest score, for the Discovery television film Curisosity – What Sank Titanic? The film looks at what really happened on the ship, based on true accounts from the survivors, and is narrated by Bill Paxton, from the hit series Big Love. I had the great pleasure of working with the British Emmy-nominated production team Dangerous Films (Zodiak Mediagroup), and in particular the terrific music supervisor Richard Todman. The music is a combination of virtual orchestra, synthesizers and percussion, and features the young Montreal vocalist Fletcher Bryce. It is only playing on US television, and available on US iTunes, but it will go worldwide in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

You can view some video excerpts by clicking here

Next showings-
Sunday, Sept 04 Discovery US
Thursday, Sept 08 Science Channel

On iTunes US

My Latest Film Score, on NBC: Who Is Simon Miller?

I’m thrilled to report that my latest score, the soundtrack to the TV film, Who Is Simon Miller?, will air on NBC, Saturday August 6, at 8pm.

This is a family-friendly thriller set in various parts of Europe, and it features Christine Baranski, Skyler Day, Loren Dean, Robyn Lively and Drew Koles. It was true joy working with the production team from Montreal’s Muse Entertainment, and getting a chance to sit and work with the talented director, Paolo Barzman. His directions really helped shape the sound of the soundtrack, which features dramatic virtual-orchestra cues, rocked by guitar and driving rhythms. Here’s the promo (not my music):